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Driftwood Capital has provided $44.5-million financing to an institutional owner for the acquisition of 26 economy hotels in FL and GA.

Driftwood Capital Originates $44M Mezzanine Loan for Economy Hotel Portfolio

Coral Gables, FL-based Driftwood Capital has provided $44.5-million financing to an institutional owner of hospitality assets for acquisition of 26 economy, extended-stay hotels located predominantly in FL and GA, along with the refinancing of an additional 15 hotels.

Driftwood originated a three-year, $44.5 million mezzanine loan,with two one-year extension options. The mezzanine loan sits behind a $226-million senior facility, originated by Starwood Property Trust.

The loan covers the sponsor’s acquisition of eight Motel 6 and four Studio 6 properties built between 1969 and 2008 in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cocoa Beach, Dania Beach, Destin, Cutler Bay, Jacksonville, and West Palm Beach. The sponsor also acquired 14 economy-extended stay hotels located in the Florida Panhandle and in GA, eight of which are operating as Studio 6 properties. The 15 additional properties held as collateral are in FL, MA, NC, SC and VA.

Driftwood is developing the $388-million Westin Cocoa Beach and the $200 million Riverside Wharf/Dream Hotel in Downtown Miami.

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